Mar 30, 2019

Bruins Split Doubleheader To Start Series Against Pacific (Ore.)

A Winning Tradition

 
  • Two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances (2016, 2018)
  • Five Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Six NFCA All-West Region Athletes (One first-team, three second-team, two third-team) 
  • 4 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 1 (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week (Abbie Bergerson, 2015)
  • Two National Top-25 Rankings (2016, 2018)
  • One NAIA Regional Tournament (1994)
  • One NAIA District Championship (1994)
  • One Cascade Conference Championship (1994)
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year
 

By Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The George Fox softball team played host for the Pacific (Ore.) Boxers on Saturday, March 30, in the first two games of a four-game Northwest Conference matchup. The Bruins eked out a come-from-behind 7-6 win in game one and fell just short in game two with a 5-4 final.

Recap

Game One

The Bruins started Ashley Davis in the circle but pulled her for Sarah Storton after the first two third of an inning. Storton lasted five and a third for the Bruins to earn her second win of the year, and Winter Ridgeway pitched the top of the seventh to close the game and earn her second save.

After surrendering three runs in the first, the Bruins got two of them back in the bottom of the second. Claire Fountain singled and Aaliyah Kautz doubled to left, putting a pair of runners in scoring position, before a single from Allisa Yabumoto and a sacrifice fly by Makenna Martin made it 3-2.

The Boxers added single runs in the third and fourth innings, but the Bruins kept it close with two of their own runs in the third. Savannah Vargas singled and Allison Meyer doubled before Kautz singled to plate Vargas and Martin lifted another sacrifice fly to plate Meyer.

The Bruins took the lead for good with two more runs in the fifth. Fountain singled to right and Kautz drew a walk before a Martin double plated both runners for a 6-5 lead. The Bruins tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with a combination of hits from Vargas, Meyer, and a sacrifice bunt by Fountain for a 7-5 lead. The Boxers got one run back in the seventh but Ridgeway and the Bruins' defense snuffed the rally for a 7-6 win.

Game Two

Ridgeway took the circle to start game two and worked seven innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and a pair of Bruin errors.

The Bruins traded runs with the Boxers in the first inning for an early 1-1 tie. The Bruins got on the board to tie the game with a massive solo shot from Roni Braun. Two scoreless innings followed before the Bruins traded single runs again in the fourth for a 2-2 tie.

After giving up the lead in the top of the fourth the Bruins got the run back in the bottom half of the inning with singles from Fountain and Yabumoto. The Boxers added another run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead and the Bruins answered in the sixth to tie it again at 3-3 after singles by Vargas and Yabumoto. The Boxers plated two in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead and the Bruins got one run back with a double from Kimi Ito and an RBI single by Meyer, but the rally fell just short.

Top Performers

Game One

Martin batted 1.000 in game one with four RBI and Meyer doubled twice, while Fountain and Yabumoto each went two for three at the plate. Storton was impressive in her long relief appearance and kept her teammates in the game with her pitching.

Game Two

Yabumoto went two for three with two RBI and Ito was two for four with a run scored, while Ridgeway pitched a complete game after working a relief appearance in the first game of the doubleheader.

What It Means

The Bruins move to 14-10 overall and are now 6-7 in NWC action after splitting the doubleheader.

What Happens Next

George Fox finishes its season series against the Boxers on Sunday, March 31, with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 pm in Newberg.